The kidnapping and violent murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was and is a uniquely American tragedy. Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi, when he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Three days later, his brutally beaten body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River.
In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before-and-aftermath of Till's murder, as well as the dramatic trial and speedy acquittal of his white murderers, situating both in the context of the nascent Civil Rights Movement. Newly reissued with a new chapter of additional materialincluding recently uncovered details about Till's accuser's testimonythis book grants eye-opening insight to the legacy of Emmett Till.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
He is the author of several books, most notably MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955, which won several awards, including the 2003 International Reading Association's Young Adult Novel Award. His nonfiction book, GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE EMMETT TILL CASE, was an Jane Addams Honor book. His first children's book, JUST AS GOOD: HOW LARRY DOBY CHANGED AMERICA'S GAME, appeared in 2012. His newest book is a historical novel DEATH COMING UP THE HILL, scheduled to be released in October 2014.
Chris married his high school sweetheart, and they live in Provo, Utah, where he works in the English department at BYU. They are the parents of four children and grandparents of two lovely girls and three handsome boys.
Table of Contents
The Boy Who Triggered the Civil Rights Movement 15
Kicking the Hornets' Nest 27
The Boy from Chicago 37
The Wolf Whistle 50
Setting the Stage 70
Getting Away with Murder 84
The Case in the Twenty-first Century 122
Time Line 135
Additional Resources on the Emmett Till Case 141
For Further Reading 143